A group of 8-10 continued work on Happy Jack Single Track project and split into two groups:
Day one: Group 1 installed gates "1-3” and group 2 installed 2 emblem signs and a water source near Daves Tank and an emblem sign near FR93/93J junction.
Day two: Group 1 installed gates “4-6” and group 2 installed water source signs at Foot in tree tank and Homestead tank. Later in the afternoon a group of 5 installed an emblem sign near Wild Horse tank.
Saw two elk and two young deer. Just like last week access to these locations is along some gnarly roads
There is a Coconino NF plan to open General Crook trail along the rim and connect AZT #27 to Cabin Loops / Highline as well as link up to “Rim Country Trails”.
A group of us spent 2½ days clearing a boat load of deadfall and dog fir for about 6 miles from General Springs to FR 300 just past Myrtle trail(@FR 137). Good times with a great group. Saw 4 elk and 1 deer early on Sunday.
After we finished on Saturday did a short side trip up Baker Butte. On Sunday on the way back took a detour to Happy Jack went up Hutch Mtn then Apache Maid on my way to I-17.
Started from Gooseberry Springs TH and went out and back to FR 135A. Perfect day, 68 when I started and 74 at the end.
Didn’t see anyone else all day just one elk crossing trail ahead of me too quick for a photo. A couple of fences were down on the ground and a couple of wires looked to have been cut I fixed one of the fences but the other was in bad shape. Saw 4 deadfall, 2 just south of FR 6048 and 2 just north of FR 6058 all were easy to go over or around.
Five of us continued the effort to plan a possible route from Saddle Ridge across Rock Creek and along Alder Ridge to East Tank. This could cut out a 5 mile power line / road walk and shorten the trail by 3-4 miles!
We wrapped up scouting on Alder Ridge just before the drop into Rock Creek, had lunch and headed back just as the rain started! We got hit by a pretty good downpour for a while but it cleared up as we got back to the vehicles.
Saw 2 thru hikers on the trail and 1 bike racer passing thru Pine TH.
Six of us plus two FS employees installed a 3-panel kiosk and a new sign-in register box at Gooseberry Springs TH (on FR 92). Another FS employee used a bobcat to mark out the trailhead parking boundary with 20+ large boulders.
Saw 3 thru hikers and 2 section hikers.
There is another cattle gate along AZT #21 and a potential candidate for an AZT gate. This one is at Boulder Pools, 0.3 mile north of Crabtree Spring. Access is going to be quite tricky. It would be 2 miles to come in from the top (FR 422) and the other choice is from Boulder Tank / FR 3529.
Decided to recon the access from Boulder Tank. Less than a mile from the highway Sycamore Creek flooded down FR 22 and took out the road! There is an ATV bypass but not a way through for a full-size vehicle. Forest service will need to fix this before we can get in here...
Wanted to check vehicle access all the way to the tank following FR 22, FR 1451 and FR 3529. There are definitely a few gnarly spots so I’m not sure we could get to the tank. Perhaps if we do a bit of work on the road we could make it.
From the tank we will need to find an off trail route to the gate location. This looks doable but will require quite a bit of clearing.
On the way out I took the AZT back to FR 22. Lots of flowers and perfect weather made it a great day out
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